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Polymers 2018, 10(11), 1231;

Polymer Chain Mobility under Shear—A Rheo-NMR Investigation

Leibniz-Institut für Polymerforschung Dresden e.V., Hohe Str. 6, 01069 Dresden, Germany
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Received: 19 October 2018 / Revised: 30 October 2018 / Accepted: 31 October 2018 / Published: 7 November 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Polymer Dynamics)
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The local dynamics in polymer melts and the impact of external shear in a Couette geometry have been investigated using rheological nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR). The spin-spin relaxation time, T2, which is sensitive to chain-segment motion, has been measured as a function of shear rate for two samples of poly(dimethylsiloxane). For the low-molecular-weight sample, a mono-exponential decay is observed, which becomes slightly faster with shear, indicating restrictions of the polymer chain motion. For the high-weight sample, a much faster bi-exponential decay is observed, indicative of entanglements. Both components in this decay become longer with shear. This implies that the free polymer segments between entanglements become effectively longer as a result of shear. View Full-Text
Keywords: polymer mobility; rheo NMR; entanglements polymer mobility; rheo NMR; entanglements

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Wiesner, B.; Kohn, B.; Mende, M.; Scheler, U. Polymer Chain Mobility under Shear—A Rheo-NMR Investigation. Polymers 2018, 10, 1231.

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